Backstage at Madison Square Garden’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit, a double-amputee veteran waited with his mother, as he prepared to go onstage to fulfill his—and probably many other people’s—lifelong dream of playing backup for Bruce Springsteen. Nearby stood a 76-year-old man with one eye clouded over with a diabetic cataract. That man approached the veteran and said, “What happened to you?”
“I lost them in the war,” the young man replied, referring to his lower legs.
The old man fixed his good eye on the veteran and patted him twice—thump, thump!—on the thigh. “Oh yeah, you lost them?” he grinned. “Well, where did you put them?”
A moment of silence passed. And then another. And then the man’s mother began to laugh.
It is getting warm now, which means I’ll be seeing my fellow tenants without clothes on. And that means we’ll be talking again.
I live in a 40-story co-op on 56th Street, just east of First. Grandly known as Plaza 400, the building has some
1,500 people living in more than 600 apartments. When Read More
The New York Times’s public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote a post yesterday in which she took the paper to task for running Larry David’s satirical Op-Ed about the Boston bombing in the Sunday Review. The piece, which was based on last week’s press conference where the mother of the alleged Boston bombing suspects insisted that her sons were innocent, was a fictionalized Q&A in which Mr. David imagined what his own mother would say in similar circumstances.
But was it inappropriately soon after the attacks for humor? Ms. Sullivan ultimately decided that it was, a sentiment that was shared by many of her readers—one of whom was the well-known author Joe McGinniss.
The Emmy nominations are set to be announced tomorrow, and all eyes in coffee shops and traffic-thirsty blogs will be on the fate of Girls. Let’s predict what other shows were widely regarded as good this past year!
This morning, HBO released its fall schedule–including a September 25 premiere for Boardwalk Empire (see you then, Paz!), October launches for comedies Hung, How to Make It in America, and Bored to Death, and the debut of Laura Dern’s spiritual-rebirth dramedy Enlightened. Deadline reports that the network, whose current slate lacks some of Read More
Larry David’s publicly wondering if he has another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm left in him–again. In a Rolling Stone cover story previewed this morning in the Daily News, Mr. David also says he’d move to New York full-time were he able to golf year-round (sounds very much like a typical Read More
Want to read Larry David’s first-ever Shouts and Murmurs? Of course you do. It’s ostensibly about golf, which is something everybody hates, but is more about Larry David, something everybody loves. “I felt liberated, not unlike the way I felt when my wife left me, except this time I didn’t take up skipping.” [The New Yorker]
Because of Seinfeld‘s ultra-lucrative syndication, it’s safely assumed that creator Larry David resides in the highest income bracket. And once that’s established, there’s nothing stopping him from admitting that, yes, he is benefiting greatly from the tax cuts that his liberal political affiliation requires him to despise.
Just how greatly, you ask? Conveniently, the Curb Read More
Oh, these naughty alpha males and their uncontrollable libidos! We’ve had a parade of powerful men in picture-perfect marriages, exposed as lying horndogs: John Edwards, Mark Sanford, Tiger Woods, Eliot Spitzer, now even (allegedly) Al Gore. And just look at their lovely, betrayed wives, each one “handling” the situation with her own brand of dignity. Read More
Governor Paterson begins his budget vetoes. [NYDN]
Russian spies have infiltrated, among other places, Yonkers. [NYT]
Watching the Kagan hearings at the Harvard Club is a dull affair. Probably. [NYT]
New York Fed probing Wall Street’s connection to BP. [Reuters]